The Fourth Step to Wisdom
“Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding.”
Prayer should be a normal, but important, part of our home. Too often we thrust prayer to the corner. We might begin our mealtimes—those few meals that families are able to have together—with a short, perfunctory prayer. Perhaps at night we might have a quick prayer. We are better off not to pray in front of our children than to pray flippantly or as though we’re rushing to get it over with so we can get to the more important things.
Yet we do our greatest teaching when we pray in front of our family. Our children see our passion for God—or lack thereof—when we pray. They hear our heart cry—again, or lack thereof—when we pray. He who would be wise must know how to pray. Our children will learn how to pray when they hear us pray.
Charles Bridges, commenting on this passage, said, “Earthly wisdom is gained by study; heavenly wisdom by prayer.” Remember that the Christian family is about heavenly wisdom.
Do you pray aloud each day for your children in front of them? Do they hear you call their names? Silent prayer for them is not enough. They must hear that you care. They must see you bare your heart to God on their behalf. I’ve known youth that have had their lives turned around because they heard the earnest prayer of a mom or dad, or a pastor, or a teacher calling their name.
But don’t pray fast or flippantly. It is not perfunctory prayer but passionate prayer that God hears and that impresses young lives! Cry for knowledge; lift up your voice to Him in a way that lets your children feel your passion.
Final thought: Today, in front of your children, ask God to give wisdom to your children. Ask God to give each child, by name, a hunger, passion, and thirst for Him.